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April 14, 2014
12:26 EDTC, MDT, EW, WBMD, GDP, ENH, AHL, FB, TWTR, NQOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after a bigger than expected increase in retail sales, along with better than expected headline profits at Citigroup (C), lent some confidence to buyers at the start of a holiday-shortened week of trading. The retail data, which showed sales notched their largest gain in 1.5 years in March, added to a recent string of better than expected domestic economic reports. However, today's data was followed by an upward move in the major averages, which had not been the case in some recent trading sessions. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales climbed 1.1% in March, beating expectations for an increase of 0.8%. Retail sales excluding autos rose 0.7%, which also beat estimates. Business inventories grew 0.4% in February, versus the consensus forecast for a 0.5% gain. In Europe, the EU's statistics agency said industrial production across the 18 countries that share the euro rose by 0.2% in February from the prior month and by 1.7% from the same month of the prior year. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Citigroup advanced more than 4% after the company's first quarter earnings, excluding one-time items and accounting adjustments, of $1.30 per share easily beat the consensus $1.14 per share forecast. CEO Michael Corbat said the company delivered strong results despite a quarter "that was difficult," noting that the bank reduced its deferred tax assets more than any other quarter since the crisis and drove Citi Holdings closer to break even. Prior to today's good news, the bank had been in focus for a number of negative headlines during the quarter, including its disclosure of fraud in its Mexican unit and the Federal Reserve objecting to its capital return plans... Twitter (TWTR) shares rose over 3% after the company disclosed that its co-founders, Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams, and its CEO, Richard Costolo, have informed the company that they have no current plans to sell any of their shares as a lockup of the stock approaches on May 5. Social network peer Facebook (FB) also gained more than 1.5% after news reports from Europe said the company is close to obtaining Irish regulatory approval to provide financial services such as electronic payments and exchanges with other members... Aspen Insurance (AHL) remained up 10% near noon despite the company rejecting the takeover offer that its peer in the insurance and reinsurance industry, Endurance Specialty (ENH), made public. Aspen said the "ill-conceived" $47.50 per share buyout offer made by Endurance represents a "strategic mismatch" and carries "significant execution risk." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Goodrich Petroleum (GDP), which jumped 37% after the company reported strong results for a well it drilled in Louisiana. Also higher was WebMD (WBMD), which advanced 18% after advising it now expects its Q1 revenue to be at the high end of the range the company previously provided and for its adjusted EBITDA to beat the high end of its prior guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Medtronic (MDT), which dropped 2% after its competitor, Edwards Lifesciences (EW), was granted a preliminary injunction limiting the sale of Medtronic's CoreValve system in the U.S. due to patent infringement. Edwards, which was upgraded at JPMorgan and CRT Capital following the court victory, gained 12%. Also lower again were shares of NQ Mobile (NQ), which slid another 5.8% as its post-earnings weakness continues. Short selling research firm Muddy Waters, which has previously alleged NQ to be a fraud, said the recently reported results indicate that the company's auditor has stepped up its scrutiny of the Chinese company. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 131.17, or 0.82%, to 16,157.92, the Nasdaq was up 40.19, or 1.0%, to 4,039.93, and the S&P 500 was up 15.84, or 0.87%, to 1,831.53.
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August 21, 2014
10:34 EDTTWTROptions Update; August 21, 2014
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10:02 EDTCActive calls at CBOE; AAPL C HPQ
Active calls at CBOE; AAPL 8/22/14 100 & 100, C Jan 55, HPQ 8/29/14 36
09:37 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
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08:29 EDTEWEdwards Lifesciences price target raised to $120 from $97 at JMP Securities
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06:43 EDTCRegulators up bank warning efforts for poor risk assessment, Reuters says
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August 20, 2014
09:36 EDTFB, TWTRActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FOLD TSLA TWTR WHX FB TM NFLX X EOG
08:47 EDTMDTMedtronic valuation attractive, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said Medtronic's (MDT) valuation is attractive given pipeline execution, margin growth and shareholder returns, and expectations for the Covidien (COV) deal to go through. Shares are Overweight rated
08:41 EDTNQNQ Mobile's vLife Technnology adopted by China Telecom
NQ Mobile (NQ) announced a partnership with China Telecom (CHA) that will bring NQ Mobile's vLife technology to China Telecom's "E Surfing" product. Under terms of the agreement, vLife will power the user interface for the mobile cloud platform.
07:18 EDTMDTMedtronic shares have upside with or without deal, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank sees limited downside risk and significant upside potential for shares of Medtronic (MDT), with or without the pending Covidien (COV) acquisition. Deutsche says the Q1 results show improving trends and it keeps a Buy rating on Medtronic with an $85 price target.
06:17 EDTCCitigroup looks to sell Japanese retail banking unit, Reuters says
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August 19, 2014
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; August 19, 2014eBay
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 28c to 27.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL C HD PBR GILD AA NFLX TWTR TSLA EBAY according to Track Data.
13:08 EDTCCitigroup tells appeals court Agentina banking license at risk, Reuters reports
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12:14 EDTCCitigroup considers selling Japan retail-banking unit, WSJ reports
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD TSLA CELG VLO VZ FB HD
08:40 EDTMDTMedtronic sees FY15 gross margin of 74.5%-75%, with Q2 on lower end of range
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08:25 EDTMDTMedtronic: Negative factors in Spine segment in Q1 werre temporary
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08:22 EDTMDTMedtronic: We will continue to pay significant US taxes following Covidien deal
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07:19 EDTMDTMedtronic backs FY15 EPS view of $4.00-$4.10, consensus $4.04
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07:17 EDTMDTMedtronic reports Q1 EPS 93c, consensus 92c
Reports Q1 revenue $4.27B, consensus $4.25B.
06:10 EDTTWTRTwitter testing highlighting 'favorited' tweets, WSJ reports
Twitter is testing inserting tweets in some users' timelines that have been "favorited" by accounts they follow, an experiment which is receiving mixed reviews, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
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